Are you ready for Preliminary PTQs?

Are you ready for Preliminary PTQs?

September 30, 2014 | 2 min to read

Now more than ever, players around the world are prepping for their opportunity to scale the peak of Magic: The Gathering competitive play.

This December, all Advanced level and above stores will be able to deliver that opportunity as they kick off the first round of Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers.

Here are 5 ways to make sure your store is ready for the big event:

1. Secure a judge

Preliminary PTQs will require a Level 2 judge to preside over the event, meaning that, as Premier Play grows, so will the demand for judges.

Get some pointers on recruiting a judge, then reach out to one as soon as you can.

2. Get feedback

Preliminary PTQs can be run in Modern, Standard, or Sealed deck, during any weekend of the season (except Prerelease weekend).

Check in with your players and organize the event around their tastes and schedules.

3. Coordinate with other stores

With Preliminary PTQs available to all stores of Advanced level and above, players have exponentially more chances to chase their Pro Tour berth.

Reach out to area stores and coordinate schedules to maximize those opportunities for your community.

4. Print Store-Branded T-Shirts or Pins

The winner of your Preliminary PTQ will represent your store at an invitation-only Regional Pro Tour Qualifier—a great opportunity to get your name and logo out there.

If your store hasn't printed any branded materials (like t-shirts or pins), now's the time to get the ball rolling so you can send your players down the path to glory in style!

5. Set Player Expectations

Preliminary PTQs are competitive. Slow play, missed triggers—these things matter, and players need to be aware of that long before they show up for the event.

Remember that the Magic Tournament Rules are always available on our Resources Page.

Scheduling for Preliminary PTQs is just around the corner, so don't be caught off guard! Get on top of the steps above so that when the opportunity for greatness arrives, you're ready for it.

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